Verdict on whether West Ham can make the Champions League is calculated

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West Ham United are just one point off the Champions League places with eight Premier League games remaining but can they hold on?

The fifth-placed Hammers are flying high this season and have impressed fans and pundits alike.

Slaven Bilic has reinvigorated the East Londoners and could even take them to Wembley if they can see off Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park next month.

With stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, the Hammers are playing the 'West Ham way' again and getting results too.

West Ham's surge has gone somewhat under the radar given Leicester City's fairytale title tilt.

But recent performances and their eight match unbeaten run has seen Bilic's side tipped by many to make it into the top four for the first time in the Premier League era.

Can Hammers nail Champions League spot?

So can they hold on?

With five home games and just three away from their last eight the ball is very much in West Ham's court.

But the omens don't look good if the club's results against their opposition from earlier this season are anything to go by.

A final league table based on results from earlier this season has been published by Sky Sports.

And it sees the Hammers miss out finishing in sixth place with 60 points, behind Manchester United (61 points) in fifth and fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth and final Champions League spot (68 points).

A sixth-place finish would still represent a fantastic achievement for the Hammers and a fitting send off to their beloved Boleyn Ground in this their last ever season at their 112-year-old home.

Hammers must have no regrets

But with it being one of the most wide open top flight seasons in living memory it would be tainted by thoughts of 'what if'.

The Hammers have Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Watford, Swansea City and Manchester United to play at home and face West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Leicester City on the road in their run-in.

The Irons beat struggling Palace 3-1 away when Alan Pardew's men were flying earlier this season.

They also beat the Gunners 2-0 to get life under Bilic off to the perfect start on the opening day of the campaign back in August last year.

They drew 0-0 away to both Swansea and the Red Devils in the reverse fixtures during a period where Bilic had no fewer than seven key first team players out injured including Payet, Lanzini, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll.

Their only defeat against the teams they are due to play at home came against Watford at Vicarage Road, a disappointing performance on Halloween where two defensive lapses resulted in a 2-1 loss.

Of the away games remaining, the Hammers lost the reverse home fixture against Leicester City 2-1 - they also lost at Leicester after extra-time in the League Cup - but drew with both West Brom (1-1) and Stoke (0-0) while nursing a glut of injuries to their stars.

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